Class Descriptions

 

Below are the descriptions for the classes we will be offering this Fall 2019. If you would like a printable PDF, click the tab below.

Fall 2019 Class Descriptions
New:  Thursday Program for Grade K-3
Odyssey Program
Odyssey is an enrichment program that runs from 10 to 1:45 on Thursdays (can’t be divided into fractions). The program is offered to students grades  K to 3. This program also allows students to gain some independence in their learning by making decisions on how they want to structure their day. The focus will be on academic concepts in a playful and relaxed environment.  Classes will include arts and crafts, board games, puzzles, science experiments, outdoor play, mini figures, and teaching games. 
 
3D Art - Manisha Phadnis (Grade K - 3) Wednesday

Are you creative?  In this class we will make art using different mediums? Creating Art in this 3D class is for the fun at heart. We will be making 3 dimensional art forms using wire, paper, cardboard and more. On hands utilization of various materials will be used.

3D Modeling and Printing - Jim Hobbs and Max Gagnon (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

In this class we will dive into the amazing world of 3D modeling and printing. You are going to see some of the models that you are creating come to life into our dimension, and get to take them home to show off to your friends and family. By taking this class you’ll learn how to use a CAD software and confidently create all sorts of intuitive models. So, if you want to learn how to 3D model, this class is for you.

ABC-123 - Chad (Grade TK - K) Wednesday

This class will teach our youngest students the basic of letters and numbers. Shapes and sounds, simple counting and sight words. All using games, songs, puzzles and more...

Advanced Mindstorms Robotics - Jim Hobbs (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

With Intro to Robotics With Mindstorms under their belts, students will now be ready to explore some more advanced concepts of robotics and what Lego Mindtorms is capable of. We will take on programming ideas such as logic and decision making as well as more creative ways to solve simple and more difficult tasks. This class is also designed to prepare the students to move up to an even more advanced level, such as First Lego League, should they so desire. While the curriculum will be challenging, the main goal is still to have fun (in a challenging and maybe even competitive way).

Advanced Stop Motion Movie Making - Jim Hobbs (Grade 3 - 12) Tuesday (2 Hrs)

This class is not just a continuation of what we have learned in our basic Lego Stop Motion course, but much more. In this version, we will explore more advanced techniques such as using green and blue screen effects, lighting (both macro and micro), sound (for dialog and effects), masking (for the effect of flight, back flip, etc...), and camera movement (for dramatic effect).

All Things Fun and Fascinating - April Lipsky (Grade 3 - 6) Wednesday                

We will continue utilizing the same exciting source book for IEW that we used last year, commencing where we left off. I will also be supplementing with other source materials as needed. This IEW class is appropriate for new students as well as returning students. Brilliantly, this course reinforces grammar skills as well as writing skills. Students will be expected to complete and turn in one paper per week using the IEW checklist.


Art and Design - Manisha Phadnis (Grade 4 - 12) Tuesday

What is Surface Design? Come join me in creating conscious choices of the placement of line, color and shape. Surface design is any type of artwork, graphic pattern, illustration, doodle...etc. made by one that is intended to be applied to a surface to enhance its visual appearance and/or functionality. Believe it or not, a majority of everything around you and your home was made by a surface designer in one way or another. Beginner or advanced I will work with you individually to challenge your artistic ability and creativity.

Art of Penmanship and Calligraphy - April Lipsky (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

It’s becoming a lost art! Cursive and creative penmanship should be preserved for the beauty and creativity of it. Students will first learn basic beautiful cursive writing and then Calligraphy, followed by artistic penmanship techniques. Can you picture the fancy block letters that began a manuscript during the medieval era or the craftsmanship of the hand copied manuscripts of Monks? Let the written word be aesthetically pleasing through this creative art form. Students should have fine control of printed lettering before this class.

Art With Friends - Brianna Bottle (Grade K - 2) Wednesday

In positive psychology, psychologists have defined a flow state (i.e. being in the zone) as the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. They have found that more of this “flow state” is associated with higher levels of happiness, better coping skills, and increased self esteem. What is the best way to get kids into flow? Give them free time and room to create. This class is not a structured art technique class. Rather, it is aimed at getting kids in touch with their own creativity, playfulness, and sense of expression, while having the freedom and space to engage and build relationships with their peers and teacher. We will do highly customizable projects with a variety of mediums, as well as having “free days” where students choose their creation.

American Sign Language - Leigh Cox (Grade 3 - 12) Tuesday / (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday / (Grade 1 - 4) Wednesday

In this class you will learn the basics of communicating in American Sign Language. ASL incorporates the movement of the hands in conjunction with facial expressions to create a visual language of communication. ASL is a great way to communicate with deaf people and people with little to no residual hearing. Over recent years, it has become one of the top 3 languages studied among young people. This course will not only cover basic language communication but we will talk about the history and culture as well.

Bilingual Theater - Lettie DeAnda (Grade 6 - 12) Tuesdays

Study acting and plays in both Spanish and English.  Practice your conversational Spanish and explore plays with language and themes from Spanish speaking culture

Big Questions - Ellen Albistegui-DuBois (Grade 7 - 12) Tuesday

Is lying ever the right thing to do? Is there such a thing as fate? How can you tell if something is real? In this philosophy discussion group, we will introduce some of history's biggest thinkers, from Plato to Sartre, and explore our own answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. Sometimes talking can be the best path to thinking, so you like to think out loud, this might be the class for you!


Note: Some of these questions can lead to political or religious topics. All viewpoints will be discussed respectfully and none will be presented as "correct," but if you are interested in this class and this is a concern for you, feel free to contact Ms. Ellen with any questions.

Board Games at Lunch - Ellen Albistegui-DuBois  (Grade 7 -12) Tuesday

Spend lunch time developing strategies, testing knowledge and skill, and practicing competing and collaborating with friends. 

Build an App for Mobile Phone - Amir (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

This class is guiding students through the entire process of developing their own mobile app using the App-Inventor platform by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which allows newcomers to computer programming to create software applications for the Android operating system. No prior knowledge is required, the platform uses a graphical interface very similar to Scratch, which allows users to drag-and-drop visual objects to create their app. Students will progress through brainstorming, planning, building, and testing phases of their idea for a mobile application. By the end of the class, students will have a complete (but unpublished) app of their very own!

Art!Storytime!Music! - Paige Dominguez (Grade TK - K) Wednesday

Your child will get to learn more of who they are as individuals as well as who they are in the social setting in this highly creative and engaging course.

CAP: Learning and Fun. 

CAP is an acronym for Curiosity, Accountability and Persistence. In this class,  students are in charge. We provide tons of learning opportunities by offering puzzles, craft supplies, teaching games, mini figures, books, coloring supplies, musical instruments, fun work pages and much more!!! The students will decide how they structure their hour of learning. We will stimulate their curiosity, ask for accountability in the completion of their work and the persistence to work out the problems to feel successful. 

 
Chess - Ron Rezendes Jr (Grade 3 - 12) Wednesday/Thursday

Chess is a great workout for the mind utilizing continuous problem-solving with changing conditions. Students learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. They improve spatial reasoning, visual memory and attention span while learning good judgment, reasoning power and self-confidence. Studies show that chess improves cognitive thinking which, in turn, improves school grades!

Clay Handbuilding/Sculpture - Dalia Amin (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

This class will take you through the adventure of using your hands to model a shapeless clay blob into what you want it to be! Students will create pots, mugs, figures, animals, plaques, abstracts, statues, etc. Students will also learn a plethora of clay handbuilding techniques including pinching, coil, and slab techniques. After the creation of their own clay masterpieces, students will paint their projects to get them ready for firing. The projects will then get glazed, fired, and return back to the students as shiny and beautiful pottery creations. Students will use their artistic imagination and creativity. The finished pottery projects are for the students to keep to build their own art portfolio or to gift them to loved ones as we will always celebrate events and holidays with amazing projects.

Coding With Scratch (Beg to Adv) - Amir Tsuri-etzioni (Grade 3 - 12) Tuesday

This class is an introduction to computer programming using Scratch, a graphical code-blocks platform developed by MIT. No previous programming knowledge needed. The class is designed for all levels, from beginners to advanced, and will challenge your mind and creativity to your level. Starting with learning how to use Scratch, progressing from basic to advanced concepts of programming, debugging, and problem-solving skills. The projects developed in the class are yours to enjoy online and share outside of the class! 

Crafting Habitats - Miss Leigh 

Bring your creative mind to our Art and Science class and discover the world around you. Learn to work on your own and as a group to create animal habitats from everyday items in your house. Enjoy working together to gather supplies and create crafts you will be proud of. Students will build diorama representing the habitat of creatures and learn about them. 

Culinary Science and Nutrition - April Lipsky (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

This course will cover the math, science, art and nutrition of cooking and food preparation. We will not “cook” every week, but we will prepare food each week. Students will learn measurements units, metric conversions, caloric calculations and mathematical operations as they pertain to food preparation. We will take the opportunity to learn Chemistry in the kitchen. We will explore the science of food in depth. Students will learn how food is used by the body and what foods the body “needs.” Nutrition will be covered from a scientific and holistic approach.

 

Healthy food handling and workspace cleanliness will be discussed. Discussions of Biological contamination and food decomposition by mold and fungus will be part of this journey. This two hour course gives us time to look at the science of food from preparation to utilization by the body. Students will be required to bring an apron and hairnet to class. Any further instructions are to come. Whether you have a budding chef or curious foodie or scientist, this class offers something for every student. Students will keep a journal and will be expected to hand in “Lab Reports”.

Dance Jazz Dance - Belle and Eva (Grade 3 - 4) Wednesday

Have fun and learn classic jazz dance moves through fun games and upbeat music! Come ready to move, have fun, and learn to love dancing! There will be an optional performance at the end of semester showcase. 

Drum Circle -US Music (Grade 3 - 12) Tuesday / (Grade 2 - 5) Wednesday

A drum circle is about making music and it’s also about communication and self expression. Drum circles break down social barriers and bring people together. Our focus of study will be Batucada. Batucada is an African-influenced Brazilian percussive style usually performed by an ensemble. Batucada is known for its repetitive style and fast pace.

Effective Communication thru Art and Games - Kiana Sadrieh M.A. CCC-SLP (Speech Therapist) (Grade 3 - 12)  

This class is part of Strive to Thrive program. In this class therapist from Keneks Therapy Kids will work with students that have a diagnosis and/or an IEP related to speech and occupational therapy. (for more information about this class please call Therry Boissonneault, Director at Rock Creek 949-521-0040) 

Game Programming With Kodu - Jim Hobbs (Grade 3 - 12) Tuesday

Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will learn advanced logic and problem solving while developing their own 3D games in an individual or team environment. This class is designed as a continuation of the Jr. Kodu class, but may be appropriate for students that are computer savvy and quick to learn technical concepts.


The focus of this class will be to explore more advanced concepts of game programming and further test the capabilities of the Kodu game programming environment.

Groovy Grammar - April Lipsky (Grade 5 - 12) Wednesday

From abstract direct objects to gerunds, infinitives to correlating conjunctions, we will explore all the nuances of grammar and the English language. Oh yes, there will be sentence diagramming and irregular verb conjugation! Groovy grammar will help students to appreciate and understand our language in applicable and fun ways. There will be homework and interactive skill building games.

Growth Mindset - Brianna Bottle (Grade 2 - 5) Wednesday

Having a growth mindset is all about understanding that our intelligence and abilities can be improved upon with effort. In other words, understanding that our success in life-- be it social, emotional, career, or educational-- is determined more by our willingness to put in work, and to dust ourselves off and try again, than any inherent quality we possess. This class is all about progress over perfection, and is aimed at building resourceful and resilient kids with a healthy attitude towards failure. For this class we will be using Big Life Journal, based on findings from Dr. Carol Dweck, who pioneered growth mindset research at Stanford University. According to Dweck’s research, the characteristics associated with growth mindset (a willingness to confront challenges, viewing failure as a springboard for growth, and a passion for learning) are strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life. Come join us in this interactive class where we learn the power of a positive attitude!


Hands On International Cooking - Manisha Phadnis (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

This is an International adventure to explore different countries while cooking and … eating. Enjoy hands on learning of various cuisines and spices from around the world. This class will introduce some basic cooking skills while virtually travelling. 

Heroes & Villains: Mythology Then and Now - Ellen Albistegui-DuBois (Grade 6 - 12) Tuesday

What makes someone a “good guy” or a “bad guy”? Hercules, Odysseus, Achilles, Theseus. Gilgamesh, Thor, Loki, King Arthur, Mordred. Spider-man? We will look at the mythology of Ancient Greece and find patterns in myths from other cultures and the stories we see in movies and books today.

Hogwarts North County (Harry Potter) - Ellen Albistegui-DuBois (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

An introduction to the Hogwarts curriculum for students unable to attend Hogwarts this year. We will sort into houses and create our own wands and study muggle-friendly versions of Potions (chemistry, for the non-magical), Astronomy, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, History of Magic, and other standard Hogwarts courses.

IEP Goal Work - This class is part of Strive to Thrive Program.

If your child has an IEP and you would like some help in reaching the IEP goals, add this class to your selection. This small group class will allow the kids to work with our teacher on their individual goals. (For more information about this class please call Therry Boissonneault, Director at Rock Creek 949-521-0040) 

Improv and Acting Basics - Lettie S. De Anda (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

This class is perfect for the student who wants to learn skills such as teamwork, public speaking, confidence, and adaptability.  The class will teach you all about improvising, and will cover the basic concepts of acting without the pressure of a final presentation. Fun and fast paced. Min 5 students Max 20

Intro to Robotics With Lego Mindstorms - Jim Hobbs (Grade 4 - 8) Wednesday

Students will learn basic robotics and computer programming starting with the standard building and programming instructions included with the kit. They will then have the opportunity to explore their creativity and ingenuity by building their own creations from scratch or expand on existing models. Students will learn basic programming logic via an easy to use and understand drag and drop interface.

Intro to Sculpture - Amber and Veronica (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

We will use basic materials like chipboard, glue, sandpaper and more to design and construct a 3D form. We will turn basic line drawings into mini sculptures. Come ready to be creative, get a little messy and have fun!

Jazz and Swing Dance - Belle and Eva (Grade 3 - 5) Tuesday

Learn classic swing and jazz dance moves with upbeat music! Come ready to move and learn a love for dance. There will be an optional performance at the end of semester showcase. 

Jr. Improv - Chad Langley (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

Warren Buffett told business students that public speaking is the most valuable skill they can learn. Improv is a form of public speaking or theater that does not use a script. This course prepares students to react in unpredictable situations, and settings. Students will become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience with spontaneity. They will learn to take risks in a safe environment in front of an audience that will respect and support them. 

Jr. Kodu Game Programming - Jim Hobbs (Grade 2 - 5) Wednesday

Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will learn the basics of how to use the Kodu game platform as well as learning entry-level programming logic, all while developing their own 3D games. 

Jr. Working Together - Brianna Bottle (Grade K - 2) Wednesday

In today’s day in age, our kids have more than enough exposure to competition, aggression, and stress. In contrast, this class teaches cooperation through fun and engaging activities, naturally building in students  relationship skills like communication, trust, problem solving, empathy, and collaboration. Come join us for fun while we learn how to work together!

Lego Stop Motion Movie Making - Jim Hobbs (Grade 4 - 12) Wednesday

Students will create stop action movies using various materials to include 2 dimensional paper scenes and quickly advancing to more complex scenes with lego sets and people. They will start out learning the basics of movie editing with Microsoft Movie Maker followed by more complex movie creation in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.


Lego Studio - Jim Hobbs (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

The world of Lego has expanded into areas most of us could not imagine, from art and engineering, to robotics and architecture, and even movie making. The days of building simple houses and people from scratch, while still possible, are a thing of the past.


The ideas and projects that test the student’s creativity and problem solving skills are limitless. And now designs can even be brought to life before they are built through an app called Lego Digital Designer, instead of just trial and error.

Legos With Friends - Jim Hobbs (Grade TK - 3) Wednesday

Building Legos is really fun, but building Legos with friends is even better. The focus of this class will be on following step-by-step instructions, telling stories, creating new structures, sharing with others, and a lot more. Students will learn to build with others yet still have the freedom to explore their design abilities and creativity. And what better tool than Legos.

Let Out Your Sillies - Miss Chad (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday

Come join in the fun of getting all of that silly and creative energy! We’ll work to harness all of that energy and channel it towards creativity.. You never know what might happen! We will be doing all sorts of games, including improv and body movement. Our biggest goal is to have fun, which is the best way to learn a few things. This class will encourage kids to get in touch with their inner silliness, often participating as a team or while supporting others. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate being a kid while connecting to others. Hop in the circle of silly!! 

Let's Put On a Play - Lettie De Anda (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday 

This Acting class will teach you all about putting on a production.  The focus will be on acting and the class will culminate with a final performance.  We will cover concepts such as character development, teamwork, subtext, script scoring, and much more. This fast paced fun acting class is perfect for those who have already taken some acting or those newcomers who would like to challenge themselves. Min 5 students Max 20

Little Dancers - Belle and Eva (Grade TK - K) Wednesday

Come ready to get your wiggles out and dance! Learn basic jazz dance moves through fun games and upbeat music.

There will be an optional performance at the end of semester showcase.

Living History - Ellen Albistegui-DuBois  (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

Make yourself part of history! Deepen your understanding of the past when you join us for a series of lively interactions in moments across historical periods, from making sure we have food and shelter in ancient pre-history to preventing a nuclear showdown in the Cold War.

Maker Lab - Amir (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

The Maker Lab is a technology-based with an artisan spirit lab. Students are triggered to use their imagination to select the materials they want to work and create with. At first the program is introducing the essential building blocks of robotics (Hardware and Software co-development) based on the Artec Innovator Academy program. Elements like sensors (light, sound, touch), motors, power transmission, and servo-motors are being used in small projects that are the building blocks for any robotics based solutions. Later students are invited to invent, design, and create prototypes of their own ideas - progressing through brainstorming, planning, budgeting, building, and testing phases of their creation. By the end of the class, students will see their idea come to life and will be able to purchase the components that were incorporated in their creation.

Martial Arts / Martial Arts and Self-Defense - Jorge Lopez (Grade 3 - 5) Tuesday

In this class kids will learn how to build self- discipline, Self Respect, self Confidence, and self control. Karate will help in developing motor skills, balance, and coordination. Children will be taught to make good choices,learning to listen, follow directions, and work as a team. Students will also learn basic block kicks punches self defense and safety.

Micro Science - April Lipsky (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

This course combines some Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics to explore the forces and particles around us that we cannot see. Sound scientific principles of law, theory, and hypothesis will be covered and the all will rest on the Scientific Method. From kinetic energy to electron configurations, molecules to Newton’s Law of Motion, photons to sound waves and more - we will explore the science of the unseen world around us. We will have lab experiments and students will keep a Lab Manual (Composition Book) as Lab Reports and homework will be assigned. A modicum of math will be required for calculations like percent error, conversions, and standard deviations. Bring out the Geek!

Mindfulness Breathing /Non contact Martial Arts (This class is part of Strive To Thrive program)

This class is designed to help students with a diagnosis to learn to focus and refocus. Like muscle memory mindfulness breathing can become more efficient with a workout!  (for more information about this class please call Therry Boissonneault, Director at Rock Creek 949-521-0040) 

Oasis: Quiet and Creative Work 

One of the definitions of the word “oasis” is: something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast… that is what we will be offering for students that want some time to create their own work. It might be for homework, drawing, reading or working on the computer. You can bring your own work or we will provide some activities.

 

Ooey, Gooey World - Paige Dominguez  (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday

The art and science of all things slimy! Your child will get hands on experience in the highly sensory (and very fun) art of making slime, as well as spaghetti painting and also explore our world by answering questions like what is blubber? Please wear play clothes as slime can be very slimy :)  

Outdoor Play - Jim Hobbs (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

This is a time for kids to get outside and get moving... playing different ball games, agility games and lots of others games

Painting - Dalia Amin (Mrs. Dee) (Grade 5 - 12) Tuesday

In the painting class students will learn several painting techniques including acrylic canvas painting and watercoloring to create their own painting masterpieces. The lessons will go through step by step tutorials to learn the techniques and gain the skills, including drawing and painting. The projects will be tailored to different age and skill levels. Students will learn different brushing, shading, and highlighting techniques. The finished canvases and sketches are for the students to keep to build their own art portfolio or to gift them to loved ones as we will always celebrate events and holidays with amazing projects.

 

PE: Martial Arts/Movements  (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday / (Grade 1 - 4) Wednesday

In this class kids will learn how to build self- discipline, Self Respect, self Confidence, and self control. Martial Arts  will help in developing motor skills, balance, and coordination. Children will be taught to make good choices,learning to listen, follow directions, and work as a team. 

Piano - US Music (Grade K - 2) Wednesday / (Grade 1 - 3) Wednesday

This class will be for a very small group of students who want to learn the basics of piano playing. No matter if you have never touched a piano or if you are a little more advanced. We will teach you and challenge you at your pace and level. (Not for very advanced pianist) 

Play to Learn: Science, History, Math... - Megan Gagnon (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday

This class will be about learning some science, history, math in a fun, playful and creative way.  We will build habitats, do puzzles, play board games related to the theme of the week. 

Playing History with Playmobil - Paige Dominguez (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday

Travel through time with Playmobil toys in this hands on, play-based, self guided journey through early to western civilizations! Children will be encouraged to participate in an environment where they will develop social/emotional/physical skills as they discover, thru play landmark events from our history. 

Portraiture 101 - Amber and Veronica (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

Through the use of value, shading and highlight we will learn the basics of drawing or painting faces. We will explore a few different mediums to bring out the artist in everyone. 

Pretend Play - Megan Gagnon (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday

Let’s Pretend,  is a class that is used to spark student creativity, using costumes, toys, and interactive play.  Over the weeks we will build forts, wear costumes, play with pretend food, play with puppets… so many things to spark the kids imagination and allow students to express their creative side. 

Purposeful Writing - April Lipsky (Grade 5 - 12) Wednesday

Incorporating writing models such as IEW, LTW, and Rhetorical Speech writing, we will explore many purposes for writing and the outlines that will get us there. Students will write a Critique, Biography, Ethical Essay, Informative Speech, Persuasive Essay, Creative Story, and more! Students will be expected to participate in topical class discussions and turn in an essay bi-weekly. 

Rock Creek Singers - Ellen Albistegui-Dubois (Grade 6 - 12) Tuesday

Come sing with us! Learn how to take good care of your voice while we learn some fun songs that we can sing together, including some chosen by the students. We'll also learn songs in several different languages, so we can stretch our ears and our brains while we make some music.

Rocketry - Jim Hobbs (Grade 4 - 12) Wednesday

Want to know more about Rockets? Want to create all kinds of rockets and experiment with the many different ways to make a successful launch? There will be some rocket history, some science (lots of science), and some rocket making. 

Role Play Gaming - Kieran Albistegui-DuBois (Grade 7 - 12) Tuesday

Join this class to engage in classic fantasy adventures in the style of Lord of the Rings, using the paper, pencil, and dice game, Pathfinder.  Each student will create their own hero to join a band of adventurers on a fantasy quest.

Role Play Gaming - Kieran Albistegui-DuBois (Grade 7 - 12) Wednesday

Join this class to engage in classic fantasy adventures in the style of Lord of the Rings, using the paper, pencil, and dice game, Pathfinder.  Each student will create their own hero to join a band of adventurers on a fantasy quest.

Rube Goldberg Jr. - Brianna Bottle (Grade 1 - 4) Wednesday

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over complicated fashion. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. Students will construct these interconnected machines using dominoes, jenga, marble run, kinex, hot wheels track, legos, various balls, string, tape, cardboard, and any other materials we can get our hands on. But the main ingredient is as always, their imagination and creativity. Just as the students are grasping the main concepts, they will be challenged through fun and interesting team and individual contests from time to time.

Scene Study - Lettie De Anda (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

Older acting students will enjoy this scene study class. In class we will cover acting basics by working on scenes with acting partners.  We will learn how to pick acting scenes, how to create believable characters, how to score a script, blocking, subtext, and many more concepts that will help students in their acting.  The class may decide to perform at the end of the session.  Min 5 students Max 20

Schoolhouse Rock - Wendi Fecteau (Grade 3 - 5) Wednesday

I do not know if you remember the many songs from SchoolHouse Rock. The songs covers many different parts of the students’ learning experience, in many different subjects including teaching about gravity, preposition, vowels, election electricity, even some politics with I’m a bill …  and because Schoolhouse Rock teaches you with the magic of songs, they stay with you for a VERY VERY long time… Ask mister Jim how long he has been singing Interplanet Janet. :) 

Science of The Senses - Brianna Bottle (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

Every day, we see, smell, touch, hear, and taste all KINDS of things: but did you ever wonder what’s really going on when we do? Come with us on a journey through all 5 senses, as we play games, do scavenger hunts and engage in other fun and creative projects to learn about our amazing biology. We will feature popular favorites like making slime, clay, and salt dough. We will also play sensory deprivation games, like blind obstacle courses, and Guess-The-Scent. Finally, on Food Day, we will explore all of the taste sensations and even play a fun taste-guessing game!

Self Defence - Sensei Jorge (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

Self-defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully escape, resist, and survive an attack. This course will provide awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training.

Sewing / Stitching / Knitting: Personalized projects - Manisha Phadnis (Grade 2 - 12) Wednesday

This class is for all levels of Sewing, Quilting or Knitting. Your choice! If you like to create and design this class will be fun for you! I will lead the way for each individual in guiding and educating you on the different basic stitches. You can choose your own project. Creating scarves, beanies, throws, quilts, dresses, bags...For beginners to advanced I will work with you individually based on your ability.


Slime - Megan Gagnon (Grade TK - 1) Wednesday

This is a sensory class that will provide the opportunity for students to explore and experience different textures and materials. We will make slime, oobleck, scrubs and more. We will also use essential oils to enhance the sensory practice. This class will be messy!


Spelling Bee - Manisha Phadnis (Grade 1 - 8) Wednesday

Come join me learning how to prepare for a Spelling Bee.  For beginners from 1st grade to 8th grade.  There’s always room to improve on basic sight words to advanced spelling champions.

Social Skills: This class is part of the Strive to Thrive program.

Therapists from Alternative Behavior Strategies will work with students in small groups to help coping learning about social skills. (for more information about this class please call Therry Boissonneault, Director at Rock Creek 949-521-0040) 

Teen Art Tour - Dalia Amin (Mrs. Dee) (Grade 6 - 12) Tuesday

In this Teen-exclusive class, teenage students will explore and foster the artistic creativity inside of them. Students will navigate week after week from one art medium to another to create their own masterpieces. Students will experience clay handbuilding, canvas painting, watercoloring, glass fusion and jewelry, and ceramic tile drawing & painting. Many projects will be processed with glazing and firing and returned back to the students to keep and build their art portfolio. The class will be a relaxing and calming time for the busy teen students.

Teen Improv - Chad Langley (Grade 6 - 12) Tuesday

Warren Buffett told business students that public speaking is the most valuable skill they can learn. Improv is a form of public speaking or theater that does not use a script. This course prepares students to react in unpredictable situations, and settings. Student will become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience with spontaneity. They will learn to take risk in a safe environment in front of an audience that will respect and support them. 

Teen International Cooking - Manisha Phadnis (Grade 6 - 12) Tuesday

This is an International adventure to explore different countries while cooking and … eating. Enjoy hands on learning of various cuisines and spices from around the world. This class will introduce some basic cooking skills while virtually travelling. 

Ukulele - US Music (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

Learn to play the ukulele in a fun group environment. 

Web Design - Amir Tsuri-etzioni (Grade 3 - 12) Tuesday

A website is a powerful tool for communication. It is a unique way to connect with the world. Whether you choose to create a website to share your passion for music, inform others of your hobbies, or any other reason—there are no boundaries to what you can do!


In this class students will be introduced the essential front-end tools that are the foundation of almost every site on the internet. They will use HTML, CSS, JavaScript and design concepts to not only learn how to make web applications, but how to make them stand out. At the end of the class, students will have the skills to create beautiful websites (Shareable, but not published on the internet) that are limited only by their imagination. No pre-knowledge is required – a wish to showcase what interest you is all you need!

Wednesday Oasis Quiet Creative Work 

One of the definitions of the word “oasis” is: something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast… that is what we will be offering for students that want some time to create their own work. It might be for homework, drawing, reading or working on the computer. You can bring your own work or we will provide some activities. With our Wednesday the person in charge will engage with the students and offer opportunities to learn in a quiet area.

 

Witty Wordplay - Brianna Bottle (Grade 3 - 6) Tuesday

Synonyms, anagrams, palindromes, homophones, homographs, antonyms, compound words, balderdash, acronyms, hyperbole: if you don’t know what these are, then this class is a must! Students will learn about interesting specifics of the English language through the use of word games (like Bananagrams, Bingo, Jeopardy, Scrabble, Mad Libs). They might actually have a hard time believing that they are learning English concepts because of how easy wordplay makes difficult concepts!

Working Together - Brianna Bottle (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

In today’s day in age, our kids have more than enough exposure to competition, aggression, and stress. In contrast, this class teaches cooperation through fun and engaging activities, naturally building in students  relationship skills like communication, trust, problem solving, empathy, and collaboration. Come join us for fun while we learn how to work together!

World Geography - April Lipsky (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

Calling cartographers from around the world! How much do you know about our world geography? Do you know in what country Casablanca is found? Where is the river Rhein? We will take the time to explore the world one country at a time, hand drawing the maps. Students will be given a state, province, or body of water to research and write a report on weekly to share with the class. This way we learn from each other. Discussions about the history and culture of these areas will have to also be touched on. However, the focus is on the geography and terms related to geography. There will be a few quizzes on map locations and terminology. We will play games for review. This is a fantastic way to discover our world.

World Art - Wendi Fecteau (Grade 1 - 3) Wednesday

Pack your bags and grab your passport! Join us as we travel to 12 countries around the world! We will learn fun facts about a famous artist from each country and create our rendition of one of their art pieces. We will also explore the country, it's location and their culture. This class is going to be a lot of fun and we will be using many different art mediums. I hope you'll come along!

Yoga and Relaxation - Brianna Bottle (Grade 5 - 12) Thursday

Teens today have it tough in our go-go-go world. Between the regular ups and downs of being a teen, increased academic pressure, the overstimulation that comes with the internet, and the pressure to “perform” worsened by many social media sites, teens need an outlet to unwind and unplug more than ever.  The focus of this class will be providing a space for teens to relax and combat stress, while also helping them develop coping skills they can carry on throughout their adult lives. We will give an introduction to yoga, with spotlights on Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga (more passive types of yoga), and will provide several mindfulness tricks to help identifiy emotions, unwind, and mentally detach from stress. In addition, we will be incorporating other relaxation activities that students can use at home, like hot foot baths, writing, coloring, etc.

Yoga Jr. - Brianna Bottle (Grade 1 - 5) Wednesday

In Yoga Jr., we will give kids an introduction to yoga and mindfulness through a series of games and activities. Mindfulness  is essentially being aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the surrounding environment.  The focus of this class will be getting familiar with the most common yoga poses, moving our bodies, and building the foundation for kids to be able to manage the ups and downs of life without letting stress or other negative emotions build up. Students will need a yoga mat or towel for this class. 

Young Biologists - Megan Gagnon (Grade 3 - 4) Wednesday

In this class I will be spreading my passion for biology through interactive science projects and experiments. Students will learn the fundamentals of biology with hands on learning so they can grow to love biology as much as I do. 

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Rock Creek is a drop off enrichment center for home school kids in North San Diego County. We offer classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in both Fall and Spring Semesters.

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Therry Boissonneault

​Telephone : ​949-521-0040

Email : therry@rockcreek.education

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